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Friday, June 10, 2011

Latin Fire Engines

Saw these in downtown Hillsboro this afternoon. I suspect a funeral was the occasion. Seeing all those engines lined up like that reminded me of a bit of Latin my mother taught me:
O! Si vili, si ergo!
Fortibus es in ero!
Demnat basis, demis trux.
Vatis eandem? Causan dux.
Highlight the following for the translation.
The text is gibberish in Latin, but when read aloud quickly, it sounds more or less like the following (sometimes ungrammatical) English:

Oh! See, Willy, see her go!
Forty buses in a row!
Them not buses, them is trucks.
What is on them? Cows and ducks.

H/T to Minor Mazurka on Academic Humor for writing it down.

Update February 2017 replaced missing picture.


Ole Phat Stu said...

Caesar adsum iam forte;
Brutus aderat ;-)

Charles Pergiel said...

Very clever, you old dog.
Caesar sic in omnibus
Brutus sic in at